Category: Freedom

Is the Roman Emperor Still Your God?

February 19th, 2010, 27 Comments

In ancient Rome, the Imperial cult was the worship of the Roman emperor as a god. It came to be at roughly the same time as Christianity. In the cult of the emperor, Caesar was revered as a deity. According to Harvey Cox, “This was what we might today call a “civil religion” — it […]

Imagine 1

May 13th, 2008, 14 Comments

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a young man in your 20s, trying to make your way in the world. You are married and have a young daughter, just old enough to start to talk. You live in a run-down neighborhood, long passed-over by any economic advances. What schools you had access to barely […]

Broadcast Flag Thrown Out!

May 6th, 2005, 2 Comments

Check out the exciting news: “Because the Commission exceeded the scope of its delegated authority, we grant the petition for review, and reverse and vacate the Flag Order insofar as it requires demodulator products manufactured on or after July 1, 2005 to recognize and give effect to the broadcast flag.”

Right to Live and Right to Die

March 31st, 2005, 4 Comments

Thus far, I have avoided commenting on the Terry Shiavo case, but I feel that it is time to do so. First, the media has done an astoundingly poor job of covering this. For a very interesting, and needed, backgrounder, look here. I am amazed at how often the media portrays the case as hinging […]

Today’s Reading

February 28th, 2005, No Comments

Grounded, a fascinating (if wordy) story about John Gilmore’s attempt to travel without having to produce a photo ID. I hope he wins this.

Who is the real communist, comrade Gates?

February 17th, 2005, No Comments

Bill gates recently gave an interview in which he said that people that opposed software patents, or other tightening of intellectual property laws, are “communists”. Richard M. Stallman has an amusing and elightening article, Bill Gates and other communists, in response. Favorite juicy quote: Thanks to Mr. Gates, we now know that an open Internet […]

House Outlaws Fast-Forwarding; Senate & Pres Next?

November 16th, 2004, No Comments

These sorts of things really tick me off. Wired is reporting that the U.S. House has passed HR2391, which, among other things, would make it a violation of the Copyright Act to skip commercials using a technological means (hardware or software) — and it makes it a violation to make the computer program that allows […]

Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age

August 1st, 2003, No Comments

The Boston Globe has an interesting story about an exhibit in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art about works of art that have been found illegal.

Free Speech: Civilians Only

July 19th, 2003, No Comments

According to an article entitled Pentagod Retaliates against GIs who spoke on TV, it is apparently prohibited for people in the military to criticize their elected representatives — a basic right that everyone else enjoys. No wonder their morale is low.

The Right to Break the Law

July 7th, 2003, No Comments

An Associated Press article discusses a new state law in Kansas that automatically registers men 18-25 for the draft when they apply for or renew a drivers’ license. Some Mennonites in the state are arguing that choosing not to register for the draft for religious reasons is a right that this new law removes. Not […]

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